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On August 21, Muslim Family Services hosted a workshop focused on how to manage one's anger in the home - with loved ones in particular. The workshop took place at Masjid al-Salaam in Dearborn, MI and would not have been a success without the help of Masjid al-Salaam's youth group and board of directors, as well as the volunteers who came to provide assistance throughout the event, wherever and whenever needed.
Anger leading to domestic violence is a major issue in the Muslim community. Statistics show that in the U.S, a woman is assaulted or beaten every nine seconds. Allah SWT touches on this issue in the Qur'an, extensively. The Qur'an and the hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) teaches us how to handle anger and prevent domestic violence. As Muslims, we need to talk about the issue and work on helping not only the victim, but also the perpetrator.
The workshop was a means to discuss the issue of anger and domestic violence, using the Qur'an and Sunnah of our Prophet (SAW) to find the appropriate ways to prevent it.
The speaker for the event, Br. Khalid Iqbal, is also the newest addition to MFS's staff team. He will serve the roll as (). Br. Khalid has also been researching and educating the Muslim community to empower and strengthen Muslim families. He has developed an extensive five-session premarital counseling course that has benefited hundreds of young couples. He has been researching and writing about the topic of anger and domestic violence prevention for the past three and a half years. Based on the research he has written a step by step 16-session guide book on the topic. Although he is an engineer by profession, Br. Khalid has dedicated his life to assist Muslim families in creating a strong bond of love and mercy.
Br. Khalid Iqbal demonstrates an example of how to manage one's anger with one of the event volunteers.
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As the school year approaches, parents are helping their children prepare for classes while trying to purchase all necessary supplies. However, unfortunately, many schools and families cannot afford these school supplies due to budget cuts and difficult financial situations. ICNA Relief has stepped up to the challenge - throughout the month of August, the organization and its many divisions/branches have worked together to launch the Back-2-School Giveaway Program, where 30,000 total backpacks filled with basic school supplies were given to children residing in low-income areas. The giveaway events took place in over 21 states, including Michigan.
MFS held the giveaway at the Al-Ikhlas Training Academy in Detroit, a K-12 Islamic school that serves an area of great need. Students lined up to receive their backpacks from MFS staff and volunteers with beaming smiles and excitement exuding from their faces. The 11th and 12th grade students received ICNA Relief polo shirts in addition to the backpacks filled with supplies. The Michigan initiative also took place at Masjid Wali Muhammad in Detroit, the Islamic Center of Detroit, the Tawheed Center in Farmington, the St. Johns Church in Detroit, and the Muslim House in Flint.
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